Aviation Campus of Wallace Community College
Ozark, AL, US - Aviation and Technical College
Welcome to Alabama Aviation Technology Campus
Alabama Aviation Technology Campus is a public two-year college in the Southeastern United States that prepares technicians for the aviation and automotive industries. Our programs of study provide Associate Degrees or Certificates in airframe/powerplant maintenance, avionics, and flight technology (airplane and helicopter). A diploma program is available in automotive technology.
Flight Technology: This program has two options; the multi-engine option is typically 7 quarters in which students earn their FAA commercial pilot's certificate with instrument and multi-engine rating. Tuition, fees, books and supplies, and flight costs for the Multi-Engine degree program are approximately $14,900 for in-state and $17,500 for out-of-state. The CFI/CFII option is normally 8 quarters in which students earn their FAA commercial pilot's certificate with instrument, flight instructor, and flight instructor instrument ratings. Tuition, fees, books and supplies, and flight costs for the CFI/CFII degree program are approximately $16,600 for in-state and $19,600 for out-of-state students. Along with the flight portion of this program, students may earn certificates in Aviation Management, Aviation Materiel Management, and Aviation Safety Technology. Students may pursue courses in airplanes or helicopters, up to and including Airline Transport Pilot ratings.
Avionics Technology: This is typically a 7 quarter program that provides a basic electronics background with concentrated instruction in aviation electronics equipment such as communication and navigation radios, weather radar, auto-pilots, on-board computers, transponders, and other avionics. Students may earn their FCC license upon completing the course. Tuition and fees for the certificate program are approximately $3,325 for in-state and $5,775 for out-of-state students. Cost for tools is approximately $130.
The following annual survey of salaries for the avionics industry was published in the December 1996 issue of Avionics Magazine:
Industry Experience: more than 20 years: $61,098
" " " 15 - 20 years: $54,746
" " " 10 - 15 years: $51,968
" " " 5 - 10 years: $44,329
" " " less than 5 years: $35,393
Technical School Background: $43,137
Aviation Maintenance Technology: This is typically an 8 quarter program that prepares students to earn their FAA airframe (A) and powerplant (P) certificates. Students may choose to take either the airframe or powerplant program singly in a 5 quarter period. The A&P certificates are the credentials of a professional aviation maintenance technician and are required for most aircraft mechanic positions. This FAA Part 147 program covers all FAA general, airframe, and powerplant subjects. Tuition and fees for certificate programs are $4,256 for in-state and $8,885 for out-of-state students. Tuition and fees for degree programs are approximately $5,380 for in-state and $9,255 for out-of-state students. Cost for tools varies from $500 to $2,000 depending upon brand name of tools purchased. Under our General Aviation Technology Program, students with prior aviation maintenance experience may prepare for the FAA examinations leading to the A&P certificates in two quarters of study.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released its 1996 Industry Compensation Guide for the General Aviation Industry. A mechanic with an A&P earned an average of $12.46 an hour, working for a company with annual sales of under $500,000 and up to an average of $13.97 an hour working for a company with annual sales of over $500,000.
(Source: Aircraft Maintenance Technology, September 1996)
Automotive Technology. Students with a diploma from this program are highly sought after in today's job market in automotive repair, repair management, automotive parts sales and service, and automotive manufacturing and assembly. This 6 quarter program is designed to teach students how to repair and service cars and trucks. Training is balanced between the classroom and shop, with lots of practical applications. Tuition and fees for this diploma program are approximately $2,850 for in-state and $4,620 for out-of-state. Tool costs vary depending on brand name and individual student need.
What about jobs after I graduate?
In less than two years, AATC students can be ready to move into the job market with skills for several growing fields, at a fraction of the cost of a four year college.
Referring to the current growth in aviation, Kit Darby, president of Air,Inc.,an aviation research firm, said "It's the best market we have ever seen and it doesn't look like it's peaked." (General Aviation News and Flyer, January 10, 1997)
The following are just a few of the companies that have recruited from AATC:
Airborne Express Agusta HelicopterAlabama Power Company
Delta Airlines DynCorp Teledyne Continental Motors
Raytheon Aerospace Northwest Airlines VDO/BGT American
Avionics Miltope Corporation Lockheed Aeromod Center
Aviation and related companies in Alabama and across the country are making money, expanding services, and hiring. For AATC graduates who prefer to remain in Alabama or relocate after graduation, job opportunities look bright. "We're receiving a steady number of requests for entry-level technicians, both in the local area and in other parts of the country." reports Dr Eva Sasser, who works with employers of AATC graduates.
Few people are aware that technical workers such as precision welders, avionics-repair technicians, and those who operate manufacturing systems controlled by computers can earn high salaries.
Data from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that individuals who work in these occupations will earn more, on average, than any college graduate, except those who find managerial or professional jobs such as banking, law, and engineering.
Direct inquiries to:
Ms. Carol Houston
Aviation Campus of Wallace Community College
Hwy 231 South
P.O. Box 1209
Ozark, AL 36361-1209
School web site: www.wallace.edu
Enrollment page on web site: www.wallace.edu/~aatcweb/